Category Archives: Knitting

Bittersweet

Over the last two days, we took down the Christmas tree and put away all of our decorations.  We brought our daughter to the airport this morning so that she can begin her second semester at college.  We are back to ordinary every day life.

I am trying to be positive–not dwell in the past, but I cannot help remembering when holiday break was just beginning and it was all ahead of us.  If I could, I’d love to do it all over again.  *sigh*  Goodbyes and endings are sooo very hard for me.  Do you find that too?

When I look back, though, I see that it was a productive holiday break.  I knit some “to be worn by people” items: a cabled headband and a pair of socks for my daughter, and also a cowl for me.  My daughter got bitten by the jewelry making bug.  She made countless necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.  My gold-filled chain is totally gone.  I gave her free reign on my stash.  I have so, so much!

My first pair (not just one) of socks was made for my daughter.  She’s wearing them, for the second time, right now!  It really and truly warms my heart!  They were knit with Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in Garnet Heather.  They fit her pretty well, however, even though I used a stretchy bind off the cuffs are still pulled to the maximum when putting them on.  I need to research and find a stretchier bind off.  I used the Russian Bind Off for this pair and made the stitches as loose as possible… or I thought I did.  Any suggestions?  Anyway, she loves them!

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After frogging (rip it rip it 🙂 ) my first cowl with this lovely colored blue yarn, I made another on much smaller needles and used a broken rib pattern.  I wanted a fitted looking cowl that sort of hugged my neck.  This came out exactly as I had hoped.  It is made with Knit Picks Shine worsted in the Clarity color.  I used my new Hiya Hiya Sharps interchangeable circular needles in size 3, although I cast on and knit the first row on DPNs.  I used a lace cast on (110 stitches) and bind off and the broken rib stitch for the entire cowl.  I knit around and around until I used up almost the entire 100 grams of yarn.

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Hmm, now that I’m looking at my quilt… I need to get some work done on that, don’t I?

And, I haven’t totally neglected my little girls.  Gina, my Little Darling, is all cozy and rosy in her new pink ensemble.  Her tights still need to be made, but look for this OOAK ensemble very soon.  Just like us real people, she’s decked out in hand knitwear and accessories.  Here’s a sneak peek of dear Gina.

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Hope your having a lovely day, my friends.  Thanks for visiting with me on this bittersweet day.  I love your company!

 

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Are You Staying Warm?

I am . . . as long as I am staying inside.  It’s still very cold here in northern Illinois, but it has warmed up a bitty bit from the negative minus twenty-something wind chills.  I still haven’t been able to get outside for a walk though—same old story as last time.  Oh well… maybe soon, I hope.

I forgot to wish you all a very happy 2018, so Happy New Year!!!  I hope it’s a great year for everyone; we all need one of those.

Have you noticed the moon lately?  One night we watched the full moon rise in the east and the next morning saw it setting in the west at daybreak.  For some reason it seemed quite wonderful to me; I’ve never noticed it before like that.

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The sunset that evening was pretty noteworthy pictureworthy too!

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I am still knitting socks.  This is my third sock… and it’s not a mere test sock; it will have a mate.  This one got finished yesterday—it fits my daughter, and the second sock was started today.  Yay.  This was made from Susan B. Anderson’s Crafty class, “My First Toe-Up Socks”.  I used Knit Picks Stroll Tweed Sock yarn in Garnet Heather.  I am still perfecting the fit for the next pair.  I think the size large would fit my daughter even better with the foot about a 1/4″ longer.  These fit me perfectly though, so this will be my pattern when I get to knitting a pair for me. 🙂

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My Little Darlings have been calling to me.  I think they want new sweater coats with cute li’l pockets for their tiny snow people to snuggle in.  Here are Gina and Lucy wearing sweater coats from last winter.  They really do look toasty warm, don’t they?  I need to get my needles busy.

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Stay warm everyone!  If you are already in a warm climate, sending a few positive degrees my way would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you! ❤

Have a great weekend, my friends!

A New Knitting Pattern for the Little Darlings

Happy Saturday to you all!  The snowfall from this past week is almost all melted around here, and spring is feeling just a bit more of a reality than it did a week ago.  Yay!  I know a lot of you already have lots of blossoms and blooms happening in the garden.  That sounds wonderful!

My latest cardigan from the “Rosies and Lavender” ensemble has been published.  It uses fingering weight yarn and can be worn as a cardigan or reversed to look like a pullover.  I reworked the neckline to dip in a little bit, so it does not cut across the neck.  The lace panels are on the back, sleeves, and along the front edges.  The sewn bind off keeps the hemlines stretchy so that the lace can remain open and beautiful.

LD lace cardigan pattern p1 only

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The lace stitch panels are only 9 stitches wide with lace rows worked on two right side rows every 6 rows.  You are not constantly knitting lace stitches.  I also have the lace stitches written in a vertical format that I find easy to follow.  They are also graphed.  To alleviate mistakes, I added instructions for using ring markers to mark off your lace panels so that you can count your stitches immediately after knitting those stitches.  The rows that each of the two different lace rows are worked on are also noted on the charts and graph.  I try to make knitting these lace panels as foolproof as possible as I tended to forget yarn overs or decreases.  This method works for me every time.

You can purchase the pattern on my website, cindyricedesigns.com.

I wish you all a fantastic weekend (even if you still have snow on the ground)!  Thanks for stopping by, friends!